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2015 Dodge Challenger, Jeep® Grand Cherokee Lead their Segments in U.S. Vehicle Satisfaction Survey


- Jeep Grand Cherokee is highest ranking Mid-Size SUV for fifth consecutive year

- Dodge Challenger leads Sporty Car segment, second time in three years

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – ranks highest among Mid-Size SUVs for the fifth consecutive year in AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs). For the second time in three years, surveyed owners placed the Dodge Challenger at the top of the Sporty Car segment for its best-in-class vehicle satisfaction.

VSAs are based on the responses of more than 66,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles. The survey objectively measures owner satisfaction through 50 separate attributes ranging from interior comfort and convenience to fuel economy and performance. 

"In many cases, an extremely satisfying vehicle is not the car or truck that has the best absolute build quality or the best safety rating," said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. "VSAs look at the big picture, which includes owners' experiences with their vehicle's quality and safety, but also goes deeper into the heart of the ownership experience."

Dodge Challenger was totally updated for the 2015 model year with a new standard eight-speed transmission, all-new interior, exterior updates and new safety technologies.

The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee completely redefines the premium SUV, delivering customers an array of innovative advanced technologies for driver safety and passenger enjoyment. The vehicle is widely known for its outstanding on-road driving dynamics and quietness, thanks in part to its front and rear independent suspension.

Dodge Challenger
The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars in the market, including the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT with its standard powerful and fuel-efficient Pentastar V-6 engine combined with the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission that delivers 300 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles per gallon; the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI now paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual transmission; and the all-new 6.4-liter HEMI Challenger Scat Pack that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual. The new Dodge Challenger SRT 392 adds an exclusive wheel design, adaptive damping suspension and SRT Drive Modes to the same 6.4-liter naturally-aspirated HEMI powerplant while the Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine is most powerful and fastest muscle car ever.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee — the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be — delivers an unprecedented combination of best-in-class fuel economy and driving range, available clean-diesel technology, legendary benchmark capability, world-class craftsmanship, and a host of advanced user-friendly technology and safety features. Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway courtesy of an available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine and standard eight-speed transmission. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 730 miles. Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three available 4x4 systems, Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1.

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU" and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol "FCA."

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